Total Industrial has been Vestas' agent in Taiwan for more than ten years and has so far sold two 1.75 MW Vestas turbines to a paper mill in Hsinchu, four 660 kW machines to Formosa Heavy Industry, and most recently six Vestas 600 kW units for utility Taipower. The company has also been working on a possible offshore project with Formosa Plastic Group for several years. If the project proceeds, it could see 20-30 Vestas 2 MW turbines installed, but first the government must decide if it will support the plan .
The joint venture comes as Taiwan's wind development program begins to gain momentum. Total Industrial wants to strengthen its sales and technical service in Taiwan, says the company's Joseph Huang. "We want to copy the success of Vestas in Japan by gaining know-how from the Toyota Trading Group," he adds. To this end, Vestech Taiwan is participating in tenders issued by Taipower, which aim to see around 200 MW of wind projects developed by 2007.